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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge VISION

As part of the collaborative planning process used to develop its 15-year management plan, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge adopted the following mission statement:

Together with our surrounding community, partners, friends, staff, and all those who cherish this unique place where desert and water meet . . .

  • Malheur National Wildlife Refuge commits to care for, conserve, and enhance the health of the Malheur Lake, Blitzen Valley, and Double-O units, including the playas, dunes, marshes, rivers, meadows, and ponds that are all part of this landscape.  
  • We will observe nature and manage in harmony with ecological forces, while recognizing and maintaining the refuge as a key anchor for migratory and breeding waterfowl, water birds, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.  
  • We will work diligently to improve the health of the land and water, reducing the destructive impact of carp and other invasive species, addressing imbalances in floodplain function, and restoring the original abundance of fish and wildlife for which Malheur is famous.
  • We will celebrate and welcome our visitors, noting and protecting the features that draw people again and again—the expansive landscape, the plenitude and diversity of wildlife, and the signs of a timeless history.  
  • We will allow and enhance opportunities to experience abundance, solitude, and renewal, for people birding, fishing, hunting, and learning on the refuge. In respect to our ancestors and their fortitude, we will carefully preserve the legacies they left behind on this land.
  • Collaboration with our neighbors, partners, and friends will be a critical cornerstone in our day to day work; we recognize that nature crosses our boundaries and we can be successful only in partnership. We recognize that our activities are inextricably linked to the health of the local economy. We commit to environmental stewardship and sustainable management. We commit to learn from our efforts, successes, and failures; to be humble about what we know; and to continuously strive for greater understanding in our stewardship of this remarkable place.

About the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan